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Obituaries for Monday, Dec. 25, 2000

Olive J. Barr

CLARKSBURG -- Olive Jessie Barr, 83, of Rural Route 2, Box 351, Salem, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2000, at her home.

She was born Aug. 5, 1917, in Hanging Rock, Ohio, a daughter of the late Henry H. Stewart and Mable E. Turvey Stewart.

Her husband, David B. Barr, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, George D. Barr, Salem, with whom she made her home; two sisters, Helen, Marion, Ohio, and Geneva, Ironton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Timothy A.R. Barr, Linda Sue Rainey, Judith A. Barr Spears, Michael Barr and Bobbi Hogwood.

She was also preceded in death by one son, David H. Barr; one daughter, Judith Ann Barr; three brothers, Eldon, Carl and William; and one sister, Flossie.

Mrs. Barr was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem.

There will be no visitation or services. A memorial service will be held at a later date, with interment at Highland Memorial Gardens, Ironton, Ohio.

Bartolo Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Clary Johnson

CLARKSBURG -- Clary Johnson, 76, of Monticello Avenue, Clarksburg, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born in Augusta, Ga., a son of the late David and Marie Nimmons Johnson.

Surviving is his wife, Alberta Johnson, whom he married May 24, 1976.

Also surviving are one stepson, Thomas O. Franks, Philadelphia, Pa.; three stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also preceded in death by one stepson, Richard Minnard White.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force.

Friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where his body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Pastor David Kates will officiate. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Lucy D. Losh

CLARKSBURG -- Lucy Dell Losh, 80, of 158 Summit Park Ave., Clarksburg, died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born in Norwood, Harrison County, Aug. 26, 1920, a daughter of the late Henry R. Marshall and Essil Clinkinbeard Marshall.

Her husband, Percie O. Losh, preceded her in death Feb. 27, 1999.

Surviving are two sisters, Zelda McQuaid, Clarksburg, and Jewel Leonas, Temple City, Calif.; one brother, Freeland Marshall, Boyce, Va.; one grandson, Matthew Scott Lewis, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca Lewis; one grandson, Andrew Kent Lewis; two sisters, Lorraine Jenkins and Mavis Horn; one brother, Merle Marshall; and two infant sons, Steven and Leslie Losh.

Mrs. Losh was a member of the Summit Park Baptist Church, was treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the church and a member of the church choir. She was also a member of Omega Chapter No. 15, White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Women's Army Corps, stationed in England.

She had retired as a glass packer from Hazel Atlas/Anchor Hocking after 32 years service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rick Owens presiding. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion honor guards will conduct military graveside rites.

John S. Holy

WESTON -- John Sterrett Holy, a 50-year lawyer, three-time city of Weston attorney and twice-elected county prosecuting attorney, has died.

Holy, 93, lived on Second Street, Jane Lew. He passed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Clarksburg Continuous Care Center following an extended illness.

Mr. Holy was admitted to the practice of law in 1949.

He also served as attorney in the Legal Division of the Workers' Compensation Fund, and in 1959 was appointed chairman of the West Virginia Board of Probation and Parole, under Gov. Cecil Underwood's administration, a position he filled until June 1961.

He was active in oil and gas title work during periods of oil and gas activities in Lewis County. In his later years of practice, he was mental hygiene commissioner for Lewis County.

Mr. Holy was born July 5, 1907, in Sutton, a son of the late Karl A. Holy and Blanche Sterrett Holy Norris.

On Nov. 24, 1957, he married the former Mary Josephine Woofter, who survives.

Also surviving are one niece, Ruth Ann Leif, Rockwall, Texas; three great-nephews and one great-niece.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, William E. Holy.

Mr. Holy was educated in the Lewis County schools. He received an A.B. degree with a major in economics from West Virginia University in 1932. He also received an A.B. degree from Fairmont State Teacher's College in 1938 with a major in education, and a J.D. degree from West Virginia University Law School in 1949.

He taught at Alum Bridge Junior High School from 1932-36 and taught biology and general science at Weston High School from 1938-42.

Mr. Holy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Training Command during World War II as an instructor in a technical training school at Kessler Field, Biloxi, Miss. He also served as a crew chief of a B24 used in co-pilot training, and as a member of a mobile unit that went to high schools and colleges and indicated the Army Air Corps methods and techniques of teaching.

He was a member of the Lewis County Bar, West Virginia State Bar, West Virginia Bar and American Bar associations.

He was past commander of Weston Post No. 4 of the American Legion, Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10, A.F.&A.M., a 32nd degree mason, member of Nemesis Temple of the Shrine, and Lewis County Shrine.

Mr. Holy also was a member of the Weston Rotary Club and the Weston Chamber of Commerce.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Michael Linger officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ronald Brown. Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery, with Weston Lodge No. 10, A.M.&F.M. conducting graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 120 East 3rd St., Weston, WV, 26452.

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